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Tony Cottee

Full name: Anthony Richard Cottee
Birthdate: 11.07.1965
Birthplace: Plaistow
Position: Striker
Joined from: Selangor
Signed by: Martin O'Neill
Nationality: England
First game: Arsenal, 27.08.1997
Last game: Bradford City, 26.08.2000
Games: 100 (78 starts + 22 subs)
Goals: 34
  • Player profile

    The striker was perhaps seen as being past his sell-by date when he arrived at City from Malaysian side Selangor but his £500,000 price tag proved good business when Martin O'Neill brought him back to England in August 1997.

    Cottee's big chance came with West Ham United but he made his name mainly through an eight-year spell on Merseyside with Everton. A natural goalscorer with pace and power, Cottee returned to Upton Park following his successful stay with the Toffees before embarking on his career in Malaysia.

    Keen to prove people wrong on his return to England with Leicester, Cottee went on to spend almost three years as a Fox, scoring 27 league goals in 66 league starts for the club. It took him some time to get up to full speed, thanks to a loan spell with Birmingham City. He'd only been at Filbert Street for three months, making just two appearances in all competitions before signing for the Blues on a temporary deal.

    With his fitness up to scratch, Cottee returned to Leicester and was thrown into the starting line-up for a daunting game at Old Trafford against Manchester United. Nevertheless, he bagged what proved to be the winning goal and he went on to be a regular start that season - even scoring two goals against his former club West Ham on the final day of the season.

    He was the club's Player of the Year in the 1998-98 season, forming a strong partnership with Emile Heskey in attack and earned a contract extension. Goals in both legs of the semi-final League Cup clash with Sunderland in 1999 helped City to the final, although they were beaten by Tottenham Hotspur in the final. Cottee bagged his 200th league career goal with City, ironically against Spurs just two weeks after the League Cup final.

    Cottee won his first, and only, cup-winning medal with the Foxes when they defeated Tranmere Rovers in the final of the League Cup but his stay at City wasn't far from the end. He went on to play for Norwich City and try his hand as player-manager of Barnet before taking up a career in the media.

  • Seasons

    League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
    Season Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
    1997-98Premier League194211-1---235
    1997_232_
    1998-99Premier League31101155----3716
    1998_232_
    1999-00Premier League33132-3-----3813
    1999_232_
    2000-01Premier League2---------2-
    2000_232_
    Total852752951---100 34
    _232_

    Appearances

    DateCompetitionOppositionResultStartSubGoals
    1 27.08.1997 Premier League Arsenal (H) 3 - 3
    2 30.08.1997 Premier League Sheffield Wednesday (A) 0 - 1
    3 13.09.1997 Premier League Tottenham Hotspur (H) 3 - 0
    4 24.09.1997 Premier League Blackburn Rovers (H) 1 - 1
    5 27.09.1997 Premier League Barnsley (A) 2 - 0
    6 30.09.1997 UEFA Cup 1 leg 2 Atletico Madrid (H) 0 - 2
    7 06.10.1997 Premier League Derby County (H) 1 - 2
    8 14.10.1997 League Cup 3 Grimsby Town (A) 1 - 3
    9 26.12.1997 Premier League Arsenal (A) 1 - 2
    10 03.01.1998 FA Cup 3 Northampton Town (H) 4 - 0 1
    11 10.01.1998 Premier League Aston Villa (A) 1 - 1
    12 17.01.1998 Premier League Liverpool (H) 0 - 0
    13 24.01.1998 FA Cup 4 Crystal Palace (A) 0 - 3
    14 31.01.1998 Premier League Manchester United (A) 1 - 0 1
    15 07.02.1998 Premier League Leeds United (H) 1 - 0
    16 14.02.1998 Premier League Tottenham Hotspur (A) 1 - 1 1
    17 21.02.1998 Premier League Chelsea (H) 2 - 0
    18 04.04.1998 Premier League Coventry City (H) 1 - 1
    19 18.04.1998 Premier League Everton (A) 1 - 1
    20 26.04.1998 Premier League Derby County (A) 4 - 0
    21 29.04.1998 Premier League Newcastle United (H) 0 - 0
    22 02.05.1998 Premier League Barnsley (H) 1 - 0
    23 10.05.1998 Premier League West Ham United (A) 3 - 4 2
    24 15.08.1998 Premier League Manchester United (A) 2 - 2 1
    25 22.08.1998 Premier League Everton (H) 2 - 0 1
    26 29.08.1998 Premier League Blackburn Rovers (A) 0 - 1
    27 09.09.1998 Premier League Middlesbrough (H) 0 - 1
    28 12.09.1998 Premier League Arsenal (H) 1 - 1
    29 16.09.1998 League Cup 2 leg 1 Chesterfield (H) 3 - 0
    30 19.09.1998 Premier League Derby County (A) 0 - 2
    31 27.09.1998 Premier League Wimbledon (H) 1 - 1
    32 03.10.1998 Premier League Leeds United (A) 1 - 0 1
    33 19.10.1998 Premier League Tottenham Hotspur (H) 2 - 1
    34 24.10.1998 Premier League Aston Villa (A) 1 - 1 1
    35 27.10.1998 League Cup 3 Charlton Athletic (A) 2 - 1 2
    36 31.10.1998 Premier League Liverpool (H) 1 - 0 1
    37 14.11.1998 Premier League West Ham United (A) 2 - 3
    38 19.12.1998 Premier League Newcastle United (A) 0 - 1
    39 26.12.1998 Premier League Sheffield Wednesday (A) 1 - 0 1
    40 28.12.1998 Premier League Blackburn Rovers (H) 1 - 1
    41 02.01.1999 FA Cup 3 Birmingham City (H) 4 - 2 1
    42 09.01.1999 Premier League Everton (A) 0 - 0
    43 16.01.1999 Premier League Manchester United (H) 2 - 6
    44 26.01.1999 League Cup sf leg 1 Sunderland (A) 2 - 1 2
    45 30.01.1999 Premier League Middlesbrough (A) 0 - 0
    46 06.02.1999 Premier League Sheffield Wednesday (H) 0 - 2
    47 17.02.1999 League Cup sf leg 2 Sunderland (H) 1 - 1 1
    48 01.03.1999 Premier League Leeds United (H) 1 - 2 1
    49 06.03.1999 Premier League Wimbledon (A) 1 - 0
    50 21.03.1999 League Cup f Tottenham Hotspur (N) 0 - 1
    51 03.04.1999 Premier League Tottenham Hotspur (A) 2 - 0 1
    52 06.04.1999 Premier League Aston Villa (H) 2 - 2 1
    53 10.04.1999 Premier League West Ham United (H) 0 - 0
    54 18.04.1999 Premier League Chelsea (A) 2 - 2
    55 21.04.1999 Premier League Liverpool (A) 1 - 0
    56 24.04.1999 Premier League Coventry City (H) 1 - 0
    57 01.05.1999 Premier League Southampton (A) 1 - 2
    58 05.05.1999 Premier League Derby County (H) 1 - 2
    59 08.05.1999 Premier League Newcastle United (H) 2 - 0 1
    60 16.05.1999 Premier League Nottingham Forest (A) 0 - 1
    61 07.08.1999 Premier League Arsenal (A) 1 - 2 1
    62 11.08.1999 Premier League Coventry City (H) 1 - 0
    63 14.08.1999 Premier League Chelsea (H) 2 - 2
    64 21.08.1999 Premier League West Ham United (A) 1 - 2
    65 24.08.1999 Premier League Middlesbrough (A) 3 - 0 1
    66 30.08.1999 Premier League Watford (H) 1 - 0
    67 11.09.1999 Premier League Sunderland (A) 0 - 2
    68 18.09.1999 Premier League Liverpool (H) 2 - 2 1
    69 25.09.1999 Premier League Aston Villa (H) 3 - 1 1
    70 03.10.1999 Premier League Tottenham Hotspur (A) 3 - 2
    71 13.10.1999 League Cup 3 Grimsby Town (H) 2 - 0
    72 16.10.1999 Premier League Southampton (H) 2 - 1 1
    73 23.10.1999 Premier League Bradford City (A) 1 - 3
    74 30.10.1999 Premier League Sheffield Wednesday (H) 3 - 0 1
    75 06.11.1999 Premier League Manchester United (A) 0 - 2
    76 20.11.1999 Premier League Wimbledon (H) 2 - 1 2
    77 27.11.1999 Premier League Coventry City (A) 1 - 0
    78 04.12.1999 Premier League Arsenal (H) 0 - 3
    79 11.12.1999 FA Cup 3 Hereford United (A) 0 - 0
    80 15.12.1999 League Cup 4 Leeds United (H) 0 - 0
    81 18.12.1999 Premier League Derby County (H) 0 - 1
    82 22.12.1999 FA Cup 3 rep Hereford United (H) 2 - 1
    83 26.12.1999 Premier League Leeds United (A) 1 - 2 1
    84 28.12.1999 Premier League Newcastle United (H) 1 - 2
    85 03.01.2000 Premier League Everton (A) 2 - 2
    86 12.02.2000 Premier League Watford (A) 1 - 1
    87 27.02.2000 League Cup f Tranmere Rovers (N) 2 - 1
    88 11.03.2000 Premier League Wimbledon (A) 1 - 2
    89 18.03.2000 Premier League Manchester United (H) 0 - 2
    90 26.03.2000 Premier League Leeds United (H) 2 - 1
    91 08.04.2000 Premier League Everton (H) 1 - 1
    92 15.04.2000 Premier League Newcastle United (A) 2 - 0 1
    93 19.04.2000 Premier League Tottenham Hotspur (H) 0 - 1
    94 22.04.2000 Premier League Aston Villa (A) 2 - 2
    95 29.04.2000 Premier League Southampton (A) 2 - 1 1
    96 03.05.2000 Premier League Liverpool (A) 2 - 0 1
    97 06.05.2000 Premier League Bradford City (H) 3 - 0 1
    98 14.05.2000 Premier League Sheffield Wednesday (A) 0 - 4
    99 23.08.2000 Premier League West Ham United (A) 1 - 0
    100 26.08.2000 Premier League Bradford City (A) 0 - 0
  • Transfers

    Club Fee Date
    IN  Selangor £500,000 12.08.1997
    OUT  Birmingham City On loan 12.11.1997
    OUT  Norwich City Free 11.09.2000
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